Updated Stan Stephens autobiography gives two-stroke fans another chance to read about the godfather of porting

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Legendary two-stroke tuner Stan Stephens has printed another run of his autobiography The Mechanic Who Got Lucky.

The new updated edition chronicles Stan’s journey through life and motorcycles, which culminated in him being one of the world’s best-known engine tuners.

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From his early days racing sidecars and speedway, right through to the heady days of building engines for racing’s big stars, Stan’s self-published book is crammed full of anecdotes and insight that fans of proddie racing and anyone who’s ever owned LCs, TZRs, RGVs and KR-1Ss will love.

While he’s been locked down like the rest of us, he’s also added an extra chapter to the tale, bringing us right up to date – and it seems he’s still building championship-winning engines now at 75 years old!

There’s a foreword from James Whitham plus contributions from Niall Mackenzie, Terry Rymer, Jim Moodie and Jeremy McWilliams, and it’s packed with over 150 black and white images from the Stephens’ archive. It’s available from www.stanstephens.com for £25.

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Emma Franklin

By Emma Franklin

Deputy Editor, road tester, club racer